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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Oct 20, 2011 1:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH 1968

Jerry says "We're not doing anything good today", but I beg to differ...

Today's day in history from the Greek Theater is absolutely one of the finest of 1968 in both performance and fidelity.

The Opening Schoolgirl and Lovelight are very nice, but the suite of Dark Star through Caution is possibly the greatest performance of this medley of all time! The soaring Dark Star is my hands down favorite of the year, with Jerry steering the good ship the whole way with stunning and inventive melodies, and a wonderful flow of ideas.

But the wild, light speed versions of Eleven>Caution might be even better, the band truly pouring on some serious psychedelic heat. I defy anyone to keep their air guitar or pounding of the fist under control during this sequence!

Don't pass this classic by:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1968-10-20.sbd.miller.9071.shnf



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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 20, 2011 5:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1968

Ha--was going to get after Ring for not making her post on the show she discussed a "real" TDIH, but thought better of raining on any JGB parade round these parts, so it's nice to see you've come to the rescue without my having to do that...

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Oct 20, 2011 5:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1968

That is right mister, no raining on the JGB parade here :)

I feel a little guilty that I haven't exclaimed over your 1968 posts in awhile here, but I listen to a little bit and it just doesn't do it for me right now ... always with the exception of Saint Stephen of course.
High green chilly winds ...

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Oct 20, 2011 6:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1968

ringo, do you like the early dews? they're so beautiful in a completely different way than the ones from the '70s and onwards.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Oct 21, 2011 4:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1968

Can't say that I have compared them, but I'll take a look (listen).

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 20, 2011 6:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1968

That's the spirit; StSt will get you every time (pre hiatus versions anyhoo! ;) ).

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Oct 21, 2011 9:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1968

;-)

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Oct 20, 2011 4:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1968

The DS is the highlight of the show imo. It's not long but it flows so beautifully, with some splendid work by Jerry. One of the better ones in '68 that led up the monster '69 versions.

edit: i just found this on lia's deadessays.blogspot.com.

excellent description as always.

"10/20/68 - The Dead seem to be in a hurry in this short show, rushing through their setlist (perhaps other bands were waiting to go on), but this quickie Dark Star is still very nice with an amazing climax. Pigpen is back (in fact, Dark Star doesn't start the set as usual but comes after a couple of his numbers) - but his riff is unobtrusive in the mix. It's more effective this way, when it's faintly heard at the edge of things.
After a moody intro, there are heavy gong crashes in the verse, and the jam picks up speed as Garcia's melodic phrases come flooding in. Garcia has the same piercing tone as at the Avalon, twisting his notes, barely pausing in-between phrases, and jumping from one register to another. At the end of the short jam, Garcia plays a Sputnik which is already more developed than it was the week before, with gongs and feedback, and keeps it going as Lesh plays a simple but stunning riff, into a fast, triumphant bright-star theme that goes straight into the verse."

This post was modified by rdenirojb87 on 2011-10-20 23:08:59

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Oct 20, 2011 1:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1968

Just gave this show my first listen today, now that I finally got it on my ipod. I started the day off with a thumpin schoolgirl. I really enjoyed that version, phil dominant. Couldn't find the muster to listen to lovelight, so I skipped it. I then listened to the entire following sequence of the show. The eleven was great and came out hot just how I like 'em. The ensuing caution was also a great listen. I wasn't extremely impressed by the dark star, After listening to it I thought I preferred 10-12 over this. I guess we'll see how I feel once I really get to know it. Overall it was time certainly well spent! thanks for tossing in that bonus for me.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Oct 20, 2011 4:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1968

I've posted this before - but, though I love this show, the band themselves did not like it. In fact, they disliked it so much, they refused to play at the Greek Theatre for the next 13 years!

Weir remembered in 1981: "I've wanted to play that place for so long, and I've encountered a lot of resistance. We played there a long time ago [10/20/68], and we didn't play so well, so we blamed the place. I kept remembering it as not being that way: the place sounded okay, we just didn't have it in us that day. Sometimes the magic works, and sometimes it doesn't. It took us twelve years to get back around to playing there."

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Oct 21, 2011 9:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1968

It often blows me away how seemingly hyper-critical they were of their own performances, especially the early years; Garcia was "embarrassed" by a lot of his early playing(!) yet we cannot get enough of it, and historically, regard performances like these as some the band's best ever. I wonder how great it would be if they WERE happy with it!!!

This post was modified by clementinescaboose on 2011-10-22 04:29:21